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Stellar envelopes are fairly high density environments. 15) where Pi is the population of the ith level given as a proportion of the atoms in level i. Pi can therefore take values between zero, meaning no atoms in level i, and one, meaning all the atoms are in level i. In Eq. 15), g i is the degeneracy (statistical weight) of level i, and the energy above the ground state is ∆E i . Q is the partition function which ensures that the sum over all populations is unity. k is Boltzmann’s constant. 695 cm−1 K−1 .
Adapted from N. , Astrophys. J. ] H and D Lyα lines. These data need to be interpreted very carefully since H absorptions with a different Doppler shift to the main peak, such as the peak on the left of the figure, can be confused with absorptions by D. This particular spectrum was taken as part of a systematic study of May 17, 2005 14:40 WSPC/SPI-B267: Astronomical Spectroscopy Atomic Hydrogen ch03 27 Fig. 6. Spectrum soft X-ray transient (SRT) binary star GRO J1655-40 recorded with the Anglo-Australian Telescope, showing higher members of the Paschen series.
Hunsted, Astrophys. J. ] Fig. 7. Infrared spectrum of supernova 1987a taken using the Anglo-Australian Telescope 192 days after the initial explosion. Strong Brackett and Pfund emissions from atomic hydrogen are clearly visible. This spectrum gave the first-ever detection of the molecule H+ 3 outside the solar system; its spectrum is modelled by the solid line. 2 µm is due to telluric effects in this region. [Analysis reported by S. ] May 17, 2005 14:40 28 WSPC/SPI-B267: Astronomical Spectroscopy ch03 Astronomical Spectroscopy Fig.